Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

What is meant by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Diversity: The variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more (from UC Regents Policy). Many institutions of higher education focus on groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in top tier research institutions, including women and racially minoritized groups (including African Americans, Hispanic/Latinx peoples, and Native Americans).

Equity: As opposed to equality, where everyone receives the same support regardless of circumstance, equity focuses on fair treatment, and on ensuring access to support and opportunities necessary for advancement and success. Equity acknowledges structural issues and barriers such as racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, and sexual harassment that have prevented the full participation of individuals from marginalized groups.

Inclusion: The proactive effort through personal actions, programs, and policies to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, respected, supported, provided with a sense of belonging, and valued.

 

UC Santa Cruz Equity & Inclusion in Hiring Initiative

The requirement of candidate statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion is part of the Division of Academic Affairs support of the campus Equity & Inclusion in Hiring Initiative.

 

Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion